USA adopts elec­tric ral­ly­cross class

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A North Amer­i­can se­ries will be­come the first ever elec­tric ral­ly­cross cham­pi­onship, due to get un­der­way this Au­tumn in Las Ve­gas on Oc­to­ber 31.

Run by Speedleague, the new E/RAC­ING cat­e­gory will run on new in­ner-city built cir­cuits, us­ing cars con­structed by Aus­trian firm STARD, which is owned by WRC podium fin­isher Man­fred Stohl.

STARD re­vealed the first elec­tric ral­ly­cross car last year, and will pro­duce a range of dif­fer­ent mod­els for the se­ries as the ‘prin­ci­pal en­gi­neer part­ner’.

Stohl’s con­cern will also sup­ply sup­port and parts on events. The four-wheeldrive cars pro­duce 500kw, the equiv­a­lent of 670 brake horse­power and in­clude a ‘push-to-pass’ fea­ture. STARD is also ex­pected to in­tro­duce a four-mo­tor sys­tem, the next stage of devel­op­ment from the twin-mo­tor sys­tem cur­rently used, in the com­ing months.

The E/RAC­ING se­ries has been launched by Brian Gale, co-founder of the Amer­i­can-based Global Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship, but the two cham­pi­onships are not linked.

Los An­ge­les and New York are both set to host events.

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